Ocala area hit by contaminated steroid-related meningitis deaths
In the last few weeks, a succession of fungal meningitis deaths have hit Marion County after patients received injections of the contaminated steroid methylprednisolone acetate. 13 cases of fungal meningitis linked to contaminated steroid injections have been reported in Florida so far.
Several of the deaths have been linked to clinics such as the Florida Pain Clinic and the Marion Pain Management Center in Ocala, and doses of the contaminated steroid were also delivered to the Surgery Center of Ocala. Health officials estimate that these three clinics alone have administered some 500 shots of the tainted steroid to their patients.
Eight Florida medical facilities in total received shipments of the methylprednisolone acetate, with the remainder of these facilities in Escambia County. News reports state that over 140 people in Marion County have been hospitalized due to receiving these contaminated injections, and there are more patients out there who have received the injections and are still unaware of the potential risks they face.
Symptoms of fungal meningitis include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light (photophobia), and altered mental status. Fungal meningitis is treatable, but can be fatal if treatment is not sought quickly enough.
Unfortunately, as evidenced by the deaths that have already occurred as the result of this tragic mishap, sometimes the word of warning comes too late. If you or a loved one received doses of the contaminated steroid from a healthcare provider, it is important that you not only seek emergency medical care as soon as possible, but also seek the counsel of a professional malpractice attorney.
An experienced professional malpractice lawyer can help you and your loved ones obtain a monetary recovery for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. Several lawsuits have already been filed on behalf of patients who were injected with the contaminated steroids and their families. Call our office today for your free consultation.
Our firm accepts professional malpractice, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and personal injury lawsuits on a contingency fee basis, meaning you would owe us neither legal fees nor costs unless we recover money damage for youÃ¢â¬âthus, there is no up front cost to you for us to handle the case. Our firm handles cases throughout Florida and has offices in Gainesville, Ocala, Chiefland, Lake City, Palatka, Jacksonville, Daytona, Palm Coast, St. Augustine, Orlando, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, and Melbourne, or in serious cases where a client is unable to travel, we will send an attorney to you.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured or killed as the result of fungal meningitis or a contaminated steroid injection, contact the Law Offices of Stephen K. Miller for a free phone consultation at (866) 496-8752 or via email at Info@ForYourLaw.com
BY: Monica Perez-McMillen, Attorney at Law
October 19, 2012